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PLDC Survival Kit

Former PLDCs have been unforgettable experiences: informative, inspirational and beneficial as well as thoroughly enjoyable! To make sure all attendees are well prepared and ready to head off to Copenhagen, we have compiled a PLDC survival kit to help you plan your stay!


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This year PLDC has its own song…

PLDC is moving with the times. This year we will not only be incorporating collaborative conferencing into our programme, we have also selected a catchy song that we have dubbed our official PLDC Song. We have chosen Asaf Avidan & The Mojos’ hit “One Day”.


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The song, like many songs, can be interpreted in different ways. On the surface it is about a couple who have split up. The singer is lamenting the fact that one day he and his lost partner will be old and will not be able to look back on a life full of stories of what the couple has experienced, built up, achieved. He takes the stance that it is not worth wasting too much energy of what might have been – but nevertheless always returns to the thought of growing old without his partner, blaming himself, or both of them, for not being aware of the chances they will miss.
The content would definitely have been appreciated by the likes of Shakespeare or Goethe, or the man next door even. And indeed, one day we will all be old. But we should not forget to put all the good things we have to good use: knowledge, life experience, ideas, philosophies – before it’s too late!
Applying this to our reality, we must ensure that the know-how and skills we have developed and possess today are available for future generations, and that they will continue along the path we have taken. The first lighting designers are now at an age when they already have stories they can tell: of projects they have realised, research they have done, awards they have won, students they have taught. There may have been some clients who were more demanding than expected, or business partners who left them in the lurch, or jobs they didn’t get because a friend of theirs in a different design practice was commissioned to design the lighting for the project of their dreams. But life goes on. There will be more jobs, more songs, more stories to tell. Even if we will be old one day, there is still a lot to learn from each other now, and PLDC is a great platform for people of all ages who are seriously interested in light. Dance on!

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Lyrics:No more tears my heart is dry
I don’t laugh and I don’t cry
I don’t think about you all the time
But when I do, I wonder why
You had to go out of my door
And leave just like you did before
I know I said that I was sure
But rich men can’t imagine poor
Chorus (x2)
One day baby we’ll be old
Oh baby we’ll be old
And think of all the stories
that we could’ve told
Little me and little you
Kept doing all the things they do
They never really think it through
Like I can never think you’re true
Here I go again – the blame
The guilt, the pain, the hurt, the shame
The founding fathers of our plane
That’s stuck in heavy clouds of rain
Chorus (x3)
One day baby we’ll be old
Oh baby we’ll be old
And think of all the stories
that we could’ve told

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“Post !t” – social media monitors

It is hard to imagine the year 2013 without Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

PLDC became a topic on various social media platforms well before the Copenhagen event this year, but at PLDC 2013 we will be taking this to a further level. Wouldn’t it be cool to see all the PLDC 2013 related posts and tweets and retweets and reretweets on one big screen? What if you could not only see what other attendees write, but answer them or post your own questions or comments!?
Together with Danish manufacturer Martin Professional and the Danish design office Kollision, the PLDC organisers intend to make this possible.


The idea behind this move: Belgian lighting designer Koert Vermeulen from ACT lighting design had the idea of integrating the “social media” into his PLDC paper. But he will not only be talking about this topic. He will actively use it during his presentation – as well as in the build up / follow up. His assistant will be present to collect the live comments related to Koert’s paper and post them on a screen, so the presenter can interact with his audience while he is speaking. Everyone is welcome to post questions and comments!

This idea has been carried further and is not only limited to Koert’s paper. Four large screens – low, medium and high resolution LED panels from Martin Professional – will be installed in the PLDc lounge for everyone to see. Posts will be displayed in an attractive, artful way, collected by software designed by Kollision, a Danish media and communication design office.

Be part of PLDC at this further extended level! Indeed, be part of the community and share your ideas, thoughts and comments with other PLDC attendees. It’s up to you now – go “Post !t!”

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PLDC Give Away 2013

As in former years, PLDC 2013 attendees will get more than just a ticket for the conference and adequate food and drink! This year’s attendee package is especially attractive. The Convention Proceedings with all the papers on a total of 224 pages as well as the PLDC notebook will again be part of the package. Plus a special surprise which we trust you will find both appealing and useful…

In London in 2007 every attendee received an international adapter (made in Switzerland). In Berlin in 2009 we added a playful and optically interesting wind pendant to the package. In 2011 in Madrid the PLDC team put together a special DVD of atmospheres generated by natural light: an open fire, a sunrise, a cornfield in the summer breeze and a babbling brook.

Some of the more inquisitive among you have tried to find out what the “special something” will be this year. But of course we are not letting on … Just a small hint, maybe: it is something that every lighting designer with an appreciation of the aesthetic will find useful practically every day…

Have a guess!

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Copenhagen is the most sustainable City – more to see than just PLDC


Copenhagen is one of the most dynamic and modern cities in the world. This is for sure a good reason to add some days around PLDC to visit this exemplary city.

The Danish capital is part of C40’s Climate Positive Development Program, bringing the City of Copenhagen into a global network of cities committed to carbon neutral development.

Seth Schultz, Director of Research at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, presented the following at the Velux Symposium 2013:

Cities have become major players in the battle against climate change. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group helps the world’s large metropolises find options for action and take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Above all, it brings cities from all over the world together in order to learn from each other and along with each other. Playing a leadership role and taking risks is an integral part of this effort – by working together cities are able to accelerate their work significantly, and make a global impact on climate change.

C40 was created in 2005 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI). In 2011, under the leadership of C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 and CCI forged a closer alliance that positions the combined effort as one of the pre-eminent climate action organisations in the world.

From the start, C40 was conceived as a network of large and engaged cities from around the world, committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. The impetus was not only the urgency of climate change but also the rapid urbanisation of many parts of the world – cities are home to more than 50% of the world’s population. It was clear that cities can and must be part of the solutions; a good example, whether it is a project or a study, that is tangible, transferable and triggers a conversation, is the first step to getting cities to invest their limited resources. Also, cities, as a result of the financial constraints, are being more creative than ever to achieve their goals. This is one of the highest-level priorities in all our discussions with cities – and what we do at C40 − helping cities to initiate projects and policies and sharing their ideas and knowledge as rapidly as possible with other cities.

Danish city planner Tina Saaby described the Copenhagen approach at the Velux Symposium 2013:
Living in the city and taking part in its life is an active choice for most people. We walk down to the café, cycle to work, take a dip in the harbour or go to a concert on one of the city squares. We can do these things because Copenhagen has a unique big-city environment with green areas, a clean harbour and a world famous cycling culture. In the city space we meet other people: both those we know already and those we just see down on the street, people with other values and other lifestyles. So, a varied urban life is an important part of a socially sustainable life. Living in the city starts both with the city and with the people living in the city. It has to do with the physical context and with the behaviour of the human beings in it – good architecture and people’s happiness.

Copenhagen aims to become one of the most liveable cities in the world, a sustainable city with urban space that invites people to be part of a unique and varied urban life. In the process of designing the context for becoming a liveable metropolis the city planners in Copenhagen focus on people.

Visit Copenhagen and see for yourself!

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Award-winning movie “Gravity” to be presented at PLDC 2013


Who is behind immersive environments?

By Alison Ritter

Most of us are glad to escape from the pressure and demands of our professional lives and everyday chores and immerse ourselves in … sport, music, the company of friends, a good book, or a captivating film.
Given that we are all connected to light in some way – we design it, write about it, teach it, research its effects – we tend to be aware of the (day)light around us more than others. We would not eat twice in a restaurant where the atmosphere is not right. We tend to visit museums and pay more attention to how the exhibits are illuminated than to the exhibits themselves. We often find ourselves explaining to non-lighting people how important it is to spend time outdoors, how light can heal, affect out hormonal balance, our sleep patterns, our appetite and our behaviour. And we tend to question everything we see, hear and read about light!

Who do I mean by “we”? Who do we acknowledge as “we”? Who do “we” (there’s that word again) look up to and down to? Who deserves respect, awards, honourable mentions, bouquets …? The most interesting conversations about light begin with something like: “Hey, have you seen that amazing XXX project in XYZ? Who designed it? How did they manage to light that tower/surface/space/backdrop/façade/landscape …? Or – have you heard about the latest George Clooney film (women swoon, men sigh)? You know, the one with Sandra Bullock (women suddenly look a lot like Sandra Bullock, men look interested)? The one where only their faces are for real and the rest is animated?

They are talking about “Gravity”, a 3D film co-produced, co-edited and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Alfonso and his son Jonás. Film stars Bullock and Clooney play the parts of surviving astronauts in a damaged space shuttle.
Gravity had its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival on 28. August, 2013 where it not only received universal acclaim from critics and audiences, praising the acting, direction, screenplay, cinematography, visual effects, production design, the superb use of 3D, and the musical score, but also walked away with the “Future Film Festival Digital Award”.


Alessandro Gobbetti

This is the kind of film we need after work. Cool actors, cool effects, an immersive environment that our brains willingly accept as perceived amazingness. But who creates these effects? It must be someone who understands light – and lighting design and three-dimensional space. Well, guess what: we have found someone who can tell us more. A young, extremely talented vfx designer with a background in Architecture and (day)lighting design. Alessandro Gobbetti (women sit up and listen, men suddenly look very Italian) will not only be giving a keynote speech on a lighting design realm many lighting designers can only dream of. He will also be presenting a paper on “Lighting Design in the world of vfx” and sharing with the audience his experience of working on movies such as Avatar, The Green Lantern, World War Z, – and Gravity.

You’d better be there!

Alessandro Gobbetti will be presenting on Friday and on Saturday

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Update on papers

By Joachim Ritter

In the last few days our team have been proof reading the papers for the first day of the PLDC conference for the Proceedings. This has given us a first insight into the contents of the presentations for this year.

Our first impressions confirm that PLDC 2013 will be even more interesting and inspiring than the previous events. The Paper Selection Committee have done great work and clearly had a keen sense of the kind of papers that would be well received by the professional community. This year’s convention will again be addressing controversial topics and providing inspiring food for thought and a number of practical tips.

Solid state lighting and its consequences will be an overriding theme of the conference. But attendees will also be able to hear papers on projects where the project analysis revealed that the application of LEDs made no sense – presenter Franziska Bönecke will share her experience of one specific project with the audience, and she works for one of the largest and most experienced lighting design and engineering practices in Scandinavia, ÅF Lighting.

Collaboration and cooperation between the lighting designer and the lighting industry is a further topic that will be addressed in Copenhagen. Paul Nulty and Peter Earle will together be presenting their observations and positive experiences of working together in the interest of the project. Dr. Amardeep Dugar und Andrea Wilkerson will be presenting interesting approaches to lighting industry-university collaboration and how mutually beneficial this can be.

The manufacturers’ exhibition that accompanies PLDC – an opportunity for partners from the industry to discuss their concrete developments with lighting professionals and communicate the services they offer – has grown this year. The large hall reserved for the exhibition will contain 60 partners from the industry and is sold out.

We can also recommend the pre-convention meetings and the excursions to realised projects in Copenhagen and Malmö. Some of these excursions are already fully booked. Those who would like to see something of Copenhagen, the world’s most sustainable city, or Malmö, Sweden’s creative hub, need to decide and register at their earliest convenience!

Go and check out further information here.

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Partner Associations – bringing professionals together

PLDC is the biggest platform and meeting place for lighting designers and lighting specialists worldwide. The event is thus also a statement to the world in general about the need for better lighting in architecture.

That is why many lighting associations are supporting PLDC and sending representatives so they can report back to their members. This year there are 24 associations partnering PLDC. The lighting associations vary from technical and engineer-focused to design and profession-oriented, from industry associations, to light and colour therapists, from cities to educators – and more, of course!  All these associations are part of the lighting market – and all these groups need to communicate with one another more and exchange know-how and ideas.

PLDC in Copenhagen is again offering a platform for many different interest groups to meet, network, learn, and take back helpful and lasting impressions to their respective countries around the world.

The organisers of PLDC 2013 proudly present the Partner Associations.

For more detailed discriptions see here.



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PLDC 2015 – location decided

by Joachim Ritter

Preparations for PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen are in their final throes. You may find it surprising, but part of that includes deciding key factors related to the PLDC event in 2015. Just a few days ago, the team decided on the location for the 2015 event. We spent a substantial amount of time gathering ideas and compiling arguments for and against different locations which could fulfil the goals and mission of the world’s largest Lighting Design Convention. The location that fulfilled the most parameters is the declared location for PLDC 2015.

There were strategic reasons for choosing the cities where PLDC has been staged to date. These reasons were either political – in the interest of the profession – or related to content or thematic issues. London is recognised as a key international centre of professional lighting design, Berlin as the centre of the creative industries in Europe and as the capital of a nation with a strong lighting industry. Madrid was the Latin hub and link to South America, and Copenhagen is right now the most sustainable city in the world, with the ambition to become a role model centre for Lighting and Education worldwide.

What kind of qualities must the location for PLDC 2015 offer to be able to document a further step in the development of the profession and at the same time address current design issues? The city must be attractive for lighting professionals, architects and clients, and it must have a special flair and a certain historical significance, while offering a vision for the future.

In spite of this build-up are not yet be letting on where PLDC 2015 will be held. An announcement will be made at the Gala Dinner in Copenhagen on 2nd November. But you are welcome to speculate! We will definitely include your comments and suggestions in our considerations for PLDC 2017.

We can, however, assure you that you will not be disappointed with the choice that has been made for 2015. It is a city that you have to have seen at least once in your lifetime…

Until then enjoy PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen.Former_PLDC_cities2


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In the next few days we are expecting to register the 750th attendee!

The number of registrations and the expected numbers of attendees at PLDC are all developing according to plan. In the next few days we are expecting to issue the 750th ticket! A good reason to celebrate – which is why we will be giving that lucky person (the 750th attendee at PLDC 2013) his/her ticket for free!

So try your luck and register now for PLDC! We will announce the lucky winner as soon as his/her data are recorded in our registration files.

To enter the PLDC website go here!

Good luck!

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